Insights and perspectives on playing Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo”

Hey Improvisers,

A few days ago, I sat down and played Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” on video, and I think it may be my Real Book performance yet.

All the planets seem to have lined up for this one: Duke Ellington is one of my musical idols and his harmonies have greatly influenced my playing, I’ve played the tune countless times in public and sometimes for audiences with as many as 25,000 listeners at jazz festivals, and it’s the type of slow, bluesy groove that comes completely naturally to me. There’s also a lot of healthy perspective in the comments I made before the performance, including the correct chord in m.3 which isn’t in any fake book I’ve ever seen.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did while playing it!

Mood Indigo: Journey Through The Real Book #239


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